1989 Penfolds Grange


1989 Penfolds Grange – 95 Pts Jeremy Oliver – a very good to great Penfolds Grange from an excellent vintage.

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1989 Penfolds Grange is considered to be a very good and early drinking Grange. Not quite at the “A” Grade level this vintage is a blend on shiraz 91% and cabernet sauvignon 9%. Rated 95Pts by Jeremy Oliver the 1989 Penfolds Grange is a Grange that has developed sooner than most other vintages such as the 1986 or 1990.

The 1989 Penfolds Grange is medium crimson in colour. It displays fresh aromatic redcurrant, musky, tea leaf aromas with some liquorice. This is a lovely wine, it is an early drinking Grange with plenty of fruit sweetness, redcurrant confit, blackcurrant pastille flavours, underlying vanillin oak and chocolaty, dense, dry tannins. The 1989 Penfolds Grange was made from fruit sourced from the Kalimna Vineyard, Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale wine regions. Rainfall was below average during the growing season and extreme heat in February caused the vines to struggle. Heavy rain in March made the season more difficult however the old vineyards were able to cope with the rain and heat. The 1989 Penfolds Grange was matured in American oak hogsheads for 18 months.